May 2 - 4, 2014
The Wildflower Triathlon, held at the Lake San Antonio Recreation Area, is really three separate, fiendishly difficult triathlon events, wrapped around a fun exposition and some great camping. The first event at the Wildflower Triathlon, held Saturday, is the "long course" event, also known as the "half-Ironman." The second, the mountain bike triathlon, could be called a "super-duper Sprint," as it's a little longer than a super sprint and a little shorter than a standard sprint. The third, held Sunday, is an Olympic-distance triathlon. All take place on a rough, tough course that will test the mettle of any triathlete. At the Wildflower Triathlon, be prepared for hills, hills and more hills when you're not in the water.
The Long Course
This ain't your mother's long course event! As you experience the Wildflower Long Course Triathlon, you may wonder how it is possible for a park to have so much "up" and so little "down." (There's a reason riders call it "Nasty Grade" and "Heart Rate Hill"!) You'll use your trail skills on the run, as 60% of it is done off-road on the hiking trails at Lake San Antonio. If you think you've mastered the long course, that's just because you haven't experienced the Wildflower Triathlon.
The Mountain Bike Triathlon
If you're a beginning triathlete, the Wildflower Mountain Bike Triathlon is the perfect place to cut your teeth. The swim is an easy quarter mile, out and back. Mountain bikes are required, as much of the 9.7-mile cycling course is on trails, not paved roads. The two-mile run course at the Wildflower Mountain Bike Triathlon is also partially on trails, so make sure you're ready for an off-road experience!
The Olympic Triathlon
The triangular swim course in Lake San Antonio is the perfect warm-up at the Wildflower Olympic Triathlon. The 40K bike course has a tough climb at Lynch Hill that separates the wheat from the chaff. Don't burn out your legs; though the 10K run course at the Wildflower Olympic Triathlon won't have Beach Hill to contend with, there's still fierce challenges ahead!
The Sports Expo
Enjoy live music, great food, race clinics and a peek at the latest gear at the Wildlfower Triathlon Expo area! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the expo sells all the equipment you need if you discover a last-minute lack. It's also a great place to enjoy the company of your fellow triathletes.
Camping and Accommodations
Many attendees at the Wildflower Triathlon camp at Lake San Antonio. There are campsites on both the north and south shores, many with RV hookups. See the Monterey County Parks website for full details on available campsites at Lake San Antonio. There are over 500 campsites to choose from, but they're first-come, first-served, so make sure to arrive early!
If you prefer the comfort of a room, click here for a list of hotels in nearby Bradley, Jolon and King City.
The Wildflower Triathlon is organized by Tri-California. Visit their website to view course maps, get details, or register for the Wildflower Triathlon.